Sunday, November 29, 2015

#Review - The Time Chamber by Daria Song @TenSpeedPress @BlogForBooks

The Time Chamber by Daria Song
Series: Time #2
Watson-Guptill - Penguin Random House
Publication Date: October 13, 2015

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her


Korean artist Daria Song’s sequel to The Time Garden takes readers on a visual journey into a magical nighttime world seen through the eyes of a fairy.

This second book in the bestselling Time coloring series features the voyage of a fairy who, when the cuckoo clock chimes midnight, enters the human world. To the tiny fairy, everything seems enormous and magical, from the curtains to the chandelier to a mystical rowboat that takes her further into an inky adventure. With her she packs her favorite items, which colorers can find throughout the book’s pages: an owl-feathered pen, a star-scented spray, a time tape measure…even the key to the time chamber itself!

Filled with the imaginative, intricately detailed illustrations Song’s readers have come to love, The Time Chamber presents a view of our world made new—and ready for coloring.

The Time Chamber features extra-thick craft paper, ideal for non bleed-through coloring, and the jacketed cover with flaps is removable and colorable. Special gold-foil stamping on the cover and spine and a To/From page make it perfect for gifting to adults and kids alike.


Coloring books for adults?  When I first heard about this new trend, I have to admit that I was a little confused.  I mean I have spent many hours of my life coloring.  I have colored everything from Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears to the Power Rangers.  I spent hours coloring as a child and then again alongside my children.  When I think about it, there really is something very soothing to the process of staying in the lines and loosing yourself in a task.  When I saw this coloring book, I just had to see what this new generation of coloring books is all about.


When I first got the book, I was immediately impressed.  These are high quality pages with some thickness to them.  The book is a nice size at 10 inches square.  The book even has a dust jacket trimmed in gold foil.  This really is a different kind of coloring book.  It has a certain class and character that I didn't expect to see in a coloring book even with adults as the target audience. 


The artwork is beautiful.  I am not any kind of artist myself.  I am honestly doing really good to just stay inside the lines (and I don't always succeed with that simple task).  I can still appreciate beautiful artwork and this is really just lovely.  I loved the whimsy in the artwork and I felt myself becoming nostalgic for my childhood as I turned the pages and toured the little girl's room along with the fairy and her friend owl.


Because it is coloring book, I felt like I became an active part of the story.  I noticed details in every page that I most likely would have missed because I was helping to bring the art to life.  I found myself looking for the owl on every page.  I really loved the pages with detailed patterns.  What is really wonderful about this book is that no two people will have the same experience.  The end result will always be different and will reflect the individuals tastes and preferences. 

I would highly recommend this book to others.  This is the first coloring book for adults that I have had and I plan to try to get a few more.  This book would also make a fantastic gift along with some nice colored pencils. I would definitely look for Daria Song's work again in the future.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for the purpose of providing an honest review.
About the Author

DARIA SONG is an author and artist with a master’s degree in fiber arts from the Ewha Womans University Graduate School of Fine Arts. Winner of the Kyung Hyang Arts Contest, Song has exhibited at numerous galleries and museums in Korea, Singapore, Turkey, and Hong Kong. She is a lecturer at the Kaywon School of Arts and her illustrations can be found in Amore Pacific and SK Planet. She spent five years of her childhood in San Francisco before returning to Korea, and the sense of wonder and mystery that comes from living in a far-off place inspired her internationally best-selling adult coloring book, The Time Garden.

Author Links: Instagram

2 comments:

  1. It is my mission to get me a few adult coloring books before the new year. This one looks great, but I also want the Harry Potter one. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You should definitely check these out! They are a lot of fun. I haven't really shopped for them but there are a lot of choices out there right now.

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